Ladies Day at The Dublin Horse Show 2009

August 7, 2009

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Ladies Day at The Dublin Horse Show 2009

See our pictures and article on the 2010 Dublin Horse Show here

The queue went on and on, winding around the grass pavilion of the Band Lawn at the RDS. Ladies sipped champagne in the sunshine as they waited their turn to go on stage in this year’s Blossom Hill Ladies Day at the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Unlike The Galway Races where the judges work the crowd and pick the entrants for best dressed lady, at The Dublin Horse Show one can enter oneself, and so you can imagine that the entries were plentiful.

What awaited the entrants was a chance to go on stage and speak to MC Aisling O’Loughlin (TV3 Xposé presenter), who quizzed the lovely ladies about their outfit; while the judges – couturier Synan O’Mahony and actress Amy Huberman – took in all the details. (Thought Amy looked fab in a Topshop tea dress and yellow court shoes, see the picture here ).

The stories were entertaining – one gal just got engaged, one had recently had twins and some got seriously reduced dresses in the summer sales.  The outfits were a mixture of high street, designer and vintage while a trend at the 2009 Horse Show was that a lot of women made their own hats

The lovely ladies, for the most part, combined great dress sense with a touch of individuality  – there was even an 80 year old lady who boldy stood in the long queue until she had her say on stage!

Here are the WhatSheWears.ie favourites:

1. Corkonian Jean Santry wore a cobalt blue body con dress from Saks Fifth Avenue. This creative lady made the hat herself.

2. Lucy Murphy from Enniskerry designed both her own hat and dress. The floral motif at the bottom of her dress was quite exquisite – perhaps we will see this Fine Arts student at IADT rise to be a famous Irish designer someday?

3. By Mary Rose is the hat designer behind these girls’ chapeaux. Catherine Keane from Galway(on the right), sister to the designer, wears a dress by Warehouse. Her friend, London lady Tatum Pask, got her dress in Selfridges of London and made the flower on it herself.

4. Our prize for Most Creative Hat went to Sheelagh Holland from Galway. Ironically the hat itself is called “Galway Weather” and was created by florist Hank van Enk.

Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show pictures

Best Dressed Winner: Emir O’Shea, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Emir is wearing a silver gold linen bustier jumpsuit inspired by the Chanel look and a large silver gold hat. Emir’s sister Clodagh designed the jumpsuit and her other sister Niamh designed and made the hat.

Most Colourful Outfit: Laura Tutty, Co. Kildare.
Laura’s Spanish themed outfit and shoes came from Crave Boutique in Co. Kildare. Laura accessorized with a contrasting dark Stefanel clutch bag from Italy and her hat was purchased the day before from the Marianne Flood trade stand at the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show!

Highly Commended: Orla O’Neill, Co. Galway
Orla’s outfit is a cream and peach dress by BCBG, Christian Dior navy shoes, Navy shrug from Fran and Jane with matching hat. Orla’s umbrella was from Ferre and her clutch was her own.

Highly Commended: Faith Amond, Co. Carlow
Faith is wearing a sharp purple suit with purple accessories.

Most Creative Hat: Norma O’ Donoghue, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Norma’s stunning hat is made from stens of artificial flowers, netting and rose heads. Her metallic peach dress and ¾ length, bronze metallic coat is from Whispers boutique in Tralee, Co. Kerry and her stunning shoes are designed by irregular choice available in wild pair in Tralee. Her Gucci bag completes the outfit and is available from Brown Thomas.

Best Dressed Man: Richard Healy, Co. Wicklow
Richard’s blazer is from Zara, London; his shirt is available from Gap. His vibrant red tie is from Topman and his jeans are from Levi’s available at Arnott’s. Richard’s shoes are from Converse available at Schuh.

The Judges: Amy Huberman and Synan O’Mahony

If there was a prize for best dressed couple, this dapper pair would’ve won it.  They met in Australia and he has followed her to Ireland. She wore a hat and a Stella McCartney cardigan, both borrowed from her Mum.

Dubliner Aoife O’Donoghue stood out from the crowd in an all in black ensemble, braving ladies day in jeans! Aoife combined designer and high street wearing a Malene Birger jacket and Calvin Klein handbag, teamed with jeans from Pennys and a Warehouse vest. We certainly salute her individuality and loved her trilby hat!

The actual Best Dressed Lady at Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day won a fantastic trip to California worth €10,000.

 Images: Anne Marie Boyhan, WhatSheWears.ie.

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Surviving the Galway Races

What to Wear to the Races

Muse of the Month: Amy Huberman

Style We Love: Body Con

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